A day after ODM party leader’s son Raila Junior made controversial remarks on the conduct of ODM politicians, the party has issued a statement on the same.
Speaking on behalf of ODM, Secretary General Edwin Sifuna announced that the party has plans to reassess its policies and make changes. Mr. Sifuna acknowledged that ODM needs to review its strategy.
He also noted that the party had initiated changes in its top organs. Additionally, he said that the changes are focusing on the 2022 general elections.
“We honestly looked at ourselves and even commissioned a task force to deliberate on internal issues. The team’s report, whose recommendations we have implemented, came with some indictment,” Mr. Sifuna stated.
“We wanted the task force to indicate our problems based on the report tabled before the National Executive Council (NEC) and adopted in its entirety,” he added.
The ODM Secretary-General also said that the party disbanded its National Election Board (NEB). Additionally, they disbanded the National Disciplinary Committee after it failed to discipline rebellious Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa.
Oduor Ong’wen, ODM’s Executive Director, also pointed out that they based the philosophy of ODM on fighting for human rights and devolution.
Recently, ODM received criticism for not being upfront in its fight against corruption. Some concerned Citizen claimed that since the Handshake took place in March,2018, the party is no longer vocal in corruption matters.
Raila Odinga’s son also lashed out at ODM politicians for not adhering to party standards. He alleged that most of them had shifted their focus to petty matters. Instead of pushing ODM’s manifesto, they live luxurious lives and confront rival politicians.
However, Raila Junior later apologized and clarified that his sentiments are not ODM’s sentiments.
“As an ordinary ODM member, my views are my own and not that of the party. My views were not targeting any leaders and I apologize for any misunderstanding caused,” Raila Junior tweeted.